A resume is one of the most important tools in your professional life so you have to know what information you should include making a real impact.
It is important to know there is no official or winner format for writing the best resume, is the content and relevance of the information you choose to include that gives value to it. To know the opinion and point of view from a headhunter firm, Lizette Ibarra, CEO at Bleumind Executive Search, comments what she considers most important in the content of a good resume:
“Within the resume, there is no universal rule, but there are certain guidelines that must be followed. I believe that a resume should reflect all the experience of the person, if you had several jobs you must include all of them and reflect the experience that every one of them has left you. Each job is a master’s degree, an ongoing learning process. Do not limit yourself to write a one page resume to do a “short” document, we must ensure concrete and enough information is included. On the other hand, if too much information is provided, we will lose the reader’s attention. As a rule, two or three pages is quite acceptable. I consider experience is the heart of the resume and it should have its proper importance and treatment, citing a brief description of each company in which you have worked, as well as the responsibilities and main achievements in each role. It is very important to talk about results, support them with hard data and never forge or exaggerate information”.
Once we know what is the most important and central information of a resume, include data that complements and add up to your work experience, such as:
- Personal data– Include basic data to locate the person, name, city of residence, phone number, cellular and email. Any other personal data is superfluous…
- Executive Summary–A summary of who you are in the workplace is the bone marrow of a good resume and it will hook the reader with your information. The executive summary goes right after the personal data, it is the preamble of the resume and it should translate in 8 or 10 lines who you are professional: relevant education (university degree and postgraduate degree), areas of expertise and how many years in them, industries, companies and relevant contributions in recent positions, languages, and availability to travel and/or relocate.
- Academic Training– It is one of the first criteria used by recruiters and companies to discriminate or select. Therefore, the importance to keep preparing when you finish your degree, get a master’s degree, a diploma, specialization, etc. This criterion influences over the position you aspire and salary.
- Skills– Detail knowledge you have to do the job, the abilities that make you better than the rest of the candidates, the software, hardware or machinery you manage and the qualities that make you a potential candidate.
- Certifications- Especially if you get around in a very technical industry, certifications play an important role when being considered for a specific role.
- Associations and publications- If you are a member of a relevant association within your profession or if you’ve written any publications or relevant articles for your role is very important you mention them.
When you have your resume drafted, reviewed and edited, ask a third party to read it to see the impression he gets of you and what you project with the resume you wrote. If you are satisfied send it and hope for that opportunity.
It goes without mentioning that the most brilliant career may be overshadowed by writing, grammar and inadequate spelling at the time it is reflected in a resume.